The Clash of Old and New: Chinese Students’ Perceptions of Learning in the English Language Classroom

Cultural Dimensions - China vs. U.S.

The Clash of Old and New: Chinese Students’ Perceptions of Learning in the English Language Classroom  I remember when I was in college, my [English] teacher always focused on the vocabulary, the grammar, and you know, we Chinese students can all get higher scores on the English examination, but we can’t speak very fluent English, […]

The Joys of Learning the Micro Level Viewpoint: Interviewing Graduate Students in China and the U.S.

East China University in Shanghai

The Joys of Learning the Micro Level Viewpoint: Interviewing Graduate Students in China and the U.S.  As a former ESL teacher of international students, many of them Chinese, I experienced teaching students who had attended Chinese secondary schools.  I heard my Chinese students talk extensively about their secondary experiences: the teacher-focused classroom, the rote memorization, […]

A little jade snake

My artifact is a jade snake.  I did not get this snake from this trip to China, however — it was brought from China as a gift to me from a dear former Chinese student. There are indirect and direct connections of our course to this little jade snake. Direct connection: Insight into the Chinese […]

Toulouse and Spain, Nov 18-21, 2010 138

Leslie Bohon Hi All, I am very excited about our trip!  It is such a privilege to be able to learn more about the higher education system in a country that is changing rapidly.  We are in for a treat! I live in Gloucester, Va, about 45 minutes from Williamsburg. I grew up in the […]